Sliced fresh peaches ready to be frozen
Freezing is one of the easiest ways to save the flavors of the season for later! Just follow these easy steps to stock up.
1. Spread your fruits and vegetables in a single layer on a baking sheet before freezing.
2. Once your individual pieces are frozen, transfer them into a freezer-safe container for longer storage.
Another great way to save the flavors of the season, canning goes one step beyond cooking, letting you preserve summer’s freshest flavors for later.
For tips and tricks on canning, check out Ball’s canning guide.
With meals at home becoming the new mainstay, we asked our food safety team to give us a quick refresher on how to safely freeze and thaw leftovers for maximum deliciousness.
1. Before packing and freezing your meal, let your food cool to room temperature – don’t keep it out for more than 2 hours though.
2. Leave space at the top of your container – this allows your food to expand, saving you from messy freezer overflows.
3. Label and date everything – this keeps you from guessing when that lasagna in the back of the freezer was last seen.
4. Don’t stack containers until they are frozen – this allows air to circulate around the food when it’s first placed in the freezer, helping it freeze faster.
5. Use durable freezer-safe containers or freezer bags – frozen bags stack easier and are major space-savers.
6. Thaw food in the refrigerator, not on the counter – for faster thawing, try placing your frozen container or bag in a bowl of cold water, making sure your container is tightly sealed. You’ll want to immediately cook or use your food once it’s thawed if using this method.
7. Once your food is thawed, it’s best to enjoy it within a few days.